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Eleazer Metcalf

Also Known As: "Eleazur", "Eleazer Metcalf"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: May 10, 1704 (51)
Wrentham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Metcalf, II and Mary Smith
Husband of Meletiah Metcalf
Father of Michael Metcalf; Samuel Metcalf; Ebenezer Metcalf; Jonathan Metcalf; Melatiah Metcalf and 3 others
Brother of Michael Metcalf, III; Mary Ware; John Metcalf; Sarah Paige Ware and Deacon Jonathan Metcalf
Half brother of John Smith

Managed by: Frederick James Frost
Last Updated:

About Eleazer Metcalf

  • Deacon Eleazer Metcalf, Sr
  • Birth: May 20, 1653 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: May 14, 1704 Wrentham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Eleazer was the youngest child of Michael Metcalf Jr and Mary Fairbanks (who married Christopher Smith after Michael died).
  • His father died when Eleazer was 10 months old and he was raised by his step-father, Christopher Smith.
  • The time of Eleazer's move from Dedham to Wrentham Centre is unknown, but after King Philip's War in 1676, the inhabitants, who were forced to abandon their town in the wilderness for fear of the Indians, returned to a settlement that had been burned to the ground by the Indians. Among these were Eleazer Metcalf (unmarried), Samuel Fisher (his future father-in-law), and Joseph Kingsbury (a relative of Eleazer's grandson's wife).
  • Eleazer was described in 1685 as one of the early planters living at "Wallomonopouge."
  • He was admitted a freeman, May 15, 1690.
  • Eleazer, Capt. Robert Pond & 46 others (including Eleazer's son, Michael), inhabitants of the western part of Wrentham, petitioned the general court to be set off as a separate parish and settle a minister among themselves. [This may be referring to the beginning of the first church in Wrentham in 1692.] He was an original member and the second deacon of the Wrentham church.
  • Wrentham was about 20 miles SW of Dedham, about 5 miles from Rhode Island, so Eleazer was about 40 miles from Salem and was surely well aware of the witch trials which took place there in 1694 when over 200 people were arrested, and 14 were put to death.
  • He married Melatiah Fisher 9th April, 1684. They had 8 children:
    • Eleazur Jr (1685-1704)
    • Michael, (1687-1754)
    • Samuel (1688/9-1737)
    • Ebenezer (1691-1751)
    • Jonathan (1693-1775)
    • Melatiah (1695-1771, married James Cheever)
    • Timothy (1697-1767)
    • Martha (1699-?, married Jabez Hills)
    • Mary (1699, twin of Martha, maybe died in infancy)
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Michael Metcalf (1620 - 1654)
  • Mary Fairbanks Smith (1622 - 1684)
  • Spouse:
  • Meletiah Fisher Metcalf (1667 - 1719)*
  • Children:
    • Michael Metcalf (1687 - 1754)*
    • Samuel Metcalf (1688 - 1737)*
    • Johnathan Metcalf (1693 - 1775)*
    • Melatiah Metcalfe Cheever (1695 - 1771)*
    • Timothy Metcalf (1697 - 1767)*
  • Siblings:
  • Mary Metcalf Ware (1646 - 1677)*
  • Sarah Metcalf Ware (1648 - 1717)*
  • Jonathan Metcalf (1650 - 1727)*
  • Eleazer Metcalf (1653 - 1704)
  • John Smith (1655 - 1722)**
  • *Calculated relationship
  • **Half-sibling
  • Burial: Wrentham Center Cemetery, Wrentham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 28330698
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28330698


  • FISHER, Meletiah
  • b. 1 MAY 1667 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • d. 23 SEP 1719 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: FISHER, Samuel
  • Mother: SNOW, Meletiah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 9 APR 1684 Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Spouse: METCALF, Eleazer
  • b. 2 FEB 1652/3 Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • d. 10 MAY 1704 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: METCALF, Michael
  • Mother: FAIRBANKS, Mary
  • Children:
    • METCALF, Eleazer b. 30 MAY 1685 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. d. 14 MAY 1704 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.
    • METCALF, Michael
    • METCALF, Samuel
    • METCALF, Ebenezer
    • METCALF, Jonathan
    • METCALF, Meletiah
    • METCALF, Timothy
    • METCALF, Martha
    • METCALF, Mary b. 27 AUG 1699 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass. d. 2 JUL 1770 Wrentham, Norfolk, Mass.
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_3c7.htm#48


  • History of Charlestown, New Hampshire: The Old No. 4, Embracing the Part ... By Henry Hamilton Saunderson
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=IVNKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA477&lpg=PA477&dq=Meletiah+Fisher#v=onepage&q=Meletiah%20Fisher&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofcharles00saun
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofcharles00saun#page/476/mode/1up
  • CAPT. JOHN METCALF was descended from Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Norwich, Norfolk county in England, who for many years, prior to 1616, was Rector of Norwich Cathedral. Michael his son, through whom the line of descent is traced, was educated in the doctrines of the established church of which he became an active and energetic member. In this connection he remained until 1635, when he became a dissenter in consequence of the arbitrary decrees of Bishop Wren and his Dean, Dr. Corbett. He was forthwith accused of heresy, but after escaping conviction by reason of the death of two of his persecutors who were witnesses against him, he gives the following narration of his experience. "I was forced" he says "to fly for the sake of the liberty of my conscience from my country, my wife and all my children and
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  • friends, in which I essayed to go to New England ; taking ship for the voyage at London, Sept. 17th, 1636 ; being by tempests tossed up and down the seas until the Christmas following; then veering about came to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I experienced many dangers, troubles and sore afflictions ; then leaving ship I went to Yarmouth in Norfolk County where I took ship to come to New England with my wife and family. We sailed Apr. 15th, 1637 and arrived in Boston, New England three days before mid-summer, (June 17th,) with my wife, nine children and a servant."
  • Michael Metcalf of whom the above account has been given, was born in Norwich, Norfolk County England, in 1585 and died in Dedham, Mass., 1664. His wife Sarah (other name unknown) to whom he was married, Oct. 16th, 1616, was born June 17th, 1593, and died Nov. 30th, 1644.
  • Michael and Sarah Metcalf had eleven children, nine b. in Norwich in England and two in Dedham after arriving in this country. Michael, jr., the 3d child, b. Aug. 20th, 1620; m. Jan. 14th, 1644, Mary Fairbanks and died in Dedham, March 27th, 1654. His wife who was the daughter of John Fairbanks of Stafford in England, died in Dedham, Feb. 12th, 1673. By this marriage there were five children through the youngest of whom, Eleazer, the line of decent is traced. Eleazer was born March 26th, 1652, and married Meletiah Fisher Apr. 9th, 1684, who was born. May 1st, 1667. He died Aug. 11th, 1742 ; she died Aug. 20th, 1742. They had ten children. Ebenezer, the 4th, b. Jan, 8th, 1691 ; m. 1731, Martha Rockwood, dau. of Benjamin Rockwood, b. 1700, in Rutland, Mass. He died in 1751, and she in 1787. They had five children. Samuel the 3d, b. Apr. 26th, 1739 ; married in 1762, Hannah Richardson, (dau. of Thomas Richardson, of Leicester, Ireland) where she was born Apr. 10th, 1743. He died June 13th, 1785; she died at Corinth, Orange County, Vt., in 1812. They lived in Oakham Mass. They had twelve children of whom John the 6th, and Betsy or Elizabeth the 9th, settled in Charlestown, (see Hubbard Glidden.)
  • .... etc.


  • Dedham Historical Register, Volume 1
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=zoslAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA57&lpg=PA57&dq=Meletiah+Fisher#v=onepage&q=Meletiah%20Fisher&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/dedhamhistorica00masgoog
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  • 1. THOMAS FISHER, of Winston, Co. Suffolk, England, m. Elizabeth [ ] ; came to Cambridge, 1634; was made a Freeman, March 4, 1635; removed to Dedham, 1637, and received a house lot on Lowder street, July 28, 1637 ; d. August 10, 1638, while he was building the meeting house. After his death, she obtained permission to sell half of her lot "for the bringing up of her children." She was admitted to the church, August 21, 1640 ; d. Jan. 31. 1652. The children came to New England with their parents.
    • 2. SAMUEL,2 of Wrentham, m. Meletiah Snow.
    • 3. THOMAS,2 of Dedham, m. Rebecca Woodward.
    • CONSTANCE,2 d. at Dedham, Dec. 1, 1638.
  • 2. SAMUEL,2 of Wrentham, m. Meletiah Snow, March 22, 1659 ; d. at Wrentham, 1704. Inventory dated Jan. 29, 1704. She d. April 23, 1693. Rev. John Allin, in his will (1671), bequeathed to his near kinsman Samuel Fisher, his Wrentham land. All the children excepting Abigail born in Dedham.
  • Children: Samuel,3 of Wrentham, b. August 21, 1660; m. Abigail Heath of Wrentham, April 9, 1684; will was proved Jan. 2, 1723. Elizaheth,3 b. Oct. 12, 1662; m. John Ellis of Dedham. March 10, 1686. Hannah,3 b. Feb. 19, 1665; m. [ ] George: Meletiah,3 b. May 1, 1667; m. Eleazer Metcalf, April 9, 1684: Ebenezer,3 b. August 15, 1669; m. Abigail Ellis of Wrentham, Feb 9, 1698; will dated Dec. 24, 1726, proved Jan. 26, 1727; only one child married at time of death; children probablv born in Wrentham, Richard,4 Samuel,4 Thomas,4 Ebenezer,4 .Jeremiah,4 b. 1712, Jabez,4 b. 1718, d. 1806, Abigail,4 Meletiah,4 Elizabeth4: Abigail,3 m. Daniel Farrington, Oct. 5, 1691.
  • 3. Thomas,2 of Dedham, m. Rebecca Woodward, Dec. 11, 1666; d. March 12, 1707.
  • .... etc.


  • A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of ... Vol. III. by James Savage, ....
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  • METCALF, frequently MEDCALF in early rec. ELEAZER, Wrentham, s. of the sec. Michael, m. 9 Apr. 1684, Meletiah Fisher, had Eleazer, b. 30 May 1685, d. young; Michael, 21 May 1687 ; Samuel, 15 Jan. 1689; Ebenezer, 8 Jan. 1691; Jonathan, 9 Apr. 1693; Meletiah, 21 Apr. 1695; Timothy, 2 July 1697; Martha and Mary, tw. 27 Aug. 1699; and Eleazer, again, 21 Nov. 1701; was deac. and d. 14 May 1704. JOHN, Medfield, s. of the first Michael, b. in Eng. m. 22 Mar. 1647, Mary, d. of Francis Chickering, had John, b. 21, bapt. 26 Mar. 1648; Michael, 20, bapt. 25 Aug. 1650; Mary, 9, bapt. 24 Oct 1652; these all at Dedham ; but at M. we kn. not that we name all, when enumer. Joseph, 22 Nov. 1658 ; and Hannah, 13 Oct 1664. He was freem. 1647, and d. 27 Nov. 1675, unless this date belong to his eldest s. JOHN, New Haven 1645, a brickmaker, may have been s. or br. of Stephen, as a. the yr. 1647, he rem. JONATHAN, Dedham, s. of the sec. Michael, m. 10 Apr. 1674, Hannah, d. of John Kenrick, had Jonathan, b. 16 Mar. 1675; John, 20 Mar. 1678; Ebenezer, 14 Feb. 1680; Joseph, 2 or 11 Apr. 1682, H. C. 1703, min. of Falmouth; Timothy, 18 Nov. 1684, d. at 11 yrs.; Eleazer, 14 Feb. 1687; Hannah, 10 Apr. 1689; Nathaniel, Apr. 1691 ; Mehitable; and Mary; was freem. 1683 or 4, his name being ins. ea. yr. and he d. 27 May 1727, and his wid. d. 23 Dec 1731. * JOSEPH, Ipswich, freem. 4 Mar. 1635, rep. in Sept of that yr. and oft. aft. d. 21 July 1665, aged 60. By his will, we learn
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  • that his w. was Eliz. his s. Thomas, b. in Eng. prob. and gr.ch. Joseph, Mary, and Eliz. but perhaps this had d. soon. His wid. m. 8 Nov. 1670, Edward Beacham. JOSEPH, Ipswich, s. of Thomas, prob. by w. Rebecca, had Jacob, b. 8 June 1685, prob. d. soon ; and Abigail, 29 Mar. 1686. MICHAEL, Dedham, b. 1586, at Tatterford, in Co. Norfolk, was a dornock weaver at Norwich, and free of the city, where all his ch. were b. m. 13 Oct. 1616, Sarah, had Michael, b. 13 Nov. 1617, d. soon; Mary, 14 Oct. 1618, but the geneal. of the fam. in Reg. VI. 173, says 14 Feb. 1619 ; Michael, again, 29 Aug. 1620 ; John, 5 or 15 Sept. 1622, bef. ment ; Sarah, 10 Sept. 1624; Eliz. 4 Oct 1626; Martha, 27 Mar. or Oct. 1628; Thomas, 27 Dec 1629 or 30; Ann, 1 Mar. 1631 or 34, d. soon; Jane, 24 Mar. 1632; and Rebecca, 5 Apr. 1635; his w. was b. at a village near Norwich, he says, 17 June 1593, but possib. the figures have been mistaken, as in the examin. one week bef. the sail, of the ship, call. I think, the Rose, of Yarmouth, from Yarmouth, Apr. 1637, he calls hims. 45 yrs. of age, and w. 39. "From the relig. tyranny" exercised by Wren, then Bp. of .Norwich, he felt forced to esc. even at the expense of separ. from his fam. for a time, and emb. at London, 17 Sept. 1636, for N. E. but was sadly tormented by equal tempests on the water, and the ship at Christmas put back to Plymouth ; and so far was this a happiness that in Apr. foll, he had license for the whole fam. to come ; only 8 ch. are ment. in the custom-ho. docum. but I can hardly doubt that the name of John was casually overlook. At Boston he arr. "three days bef. mid. sum. with w. nine ch. and a serv." wh. was Thomas Comberbach, aged 16, 1 presume in one of the three ships ment. by Winth. as coming in, from Ipswich, 20 June. He may have been br. of Joseph ; was freem. 13 May 1640, or 18 May 1642, and, perhaps, swore on both days, tho. more prob. it is a fault of the Secr, as in the list appears. His w. d. 21 Feb. 1645, and he m. 13 Aug. foll. Martha, wid. of Thomas Pigg, or Pidge ; and he d. 27 Dec. 1664. A very, curious docum. his engagem. aft. 70 yrs. of age to keep the town sch. in 1656, is giv. in Geneal. Reg. X. 282. His will, made six wks. bef. gives to eight ch. Michael being d. and ea. of the ds. m. Martha hav. then a sec. or third h. to gr.ch. Michael, s. of Michael, and gr.ch. William Brignall, s. of d. Martha, wh. was a mem. of Roxbury ch. by her first h. and to Martha Bullard, d. of his w. Mary m. 24 Nov. 1642, Henry Wilson ; Sarah m. Robert Onion, as his sec. w. the first hav. d. in Apr. 1643; Eliz. m. 15 Sept. 1648, Thomas Bancroft of Reading; Martha m. William Brignall, next, 2 Aug. 1654, Christopher Smith as the Geneal. Reg. VI. 173, says, tho. I doubt its correctness, for Christopher Smith in 668, is nam. in his will by Jonathan Fairbanks as h. of his d. Mary, and third h . . . . . Stow; Jane m. 1654, Samuel Walker,
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  • (tho. strong doubts of error in the name are felt) of Rehoboth ; and Rebecca m. 5 Apr. 1659, John Mackintosh. MICHAEL, Dedham, eldest s. of the preced. b. in Eng. m. 2 or 12 Apr. 1644, Mary, d. of John Fairbanks, says the Metcalf geneal. bef. ment but perhaps by mistake, had Michael, b. 21 Jan. 1645; Mary, 15 Aug. 1646; Sarah, 7 Dec 1648 ; Jonathan, 21 Sept 1650; and Eleazer, 20 Mar. 1653, bef. ment. was freem. 1645, and d. (ten yrs. bef. his f.) 24 Dec. 1654. Mary m. 10 Dec. 1668, John Ware; and Sarah m. 4 June 1677, Robert Ware. MICHAEL, Dedham, s. of the preced. m. 17 Sept. 1672, Eliz. not, I think, as Goodwin has it, d. but wid. of the sec. John Kingsbury, d. of Thomas Fuller, both of the same, had Michael, b. 9 May 1674; Mary, 3 Oct 1676; Thomas, 3 Jan. 1679; Sarah, 26 Apr. 1682 ; Eleazer, 12 Feb. 1685; Hannah, 17 Apr. 1687 ; Daniel, 25 June 1691 ; and Eliz. ; was freem. 1690, and d. 2 Sept. 1693. His wid. d. 24 Oct 1732. STEPHEN, New Haven 1639, a brickmaker, aft. 1647 prob. rem. was in good repute. * THOMAS, Dedham, youngest s. of the first Michael, b. in Eng. m. 12 Sept 1656, Sarah Paige, had Sarah, b. 3 Mar. 1658 ; Mary, bapt. 25 Nov. 1660 ; Samuel, b. 17 Oct 1661, d. soon ; Thomas ; 22 Sept 1665, d. soon; Samuel, again, 17 Sept 1668; Thomas, again, 7 or 21 May 1671 ; John, 20 Sept 1675 ; and Judith, 25 Nov. 1677, d. at 5 yrs. The w. d. and he m. 2 Dec. 1679, Ann Paine of Rehoboth, was freem. 1653, deac. and rep. 1691, d. 16 Nov. 1702. Sarah m.23 Nov. 1676, Samuel Whiting, and d. 1702. THOMAS, Ipswich 1648, s. of Joseph the first, b. in Eng. I suppose, had Mary, b. 23 June 1658 ; Joseph, 27 Jan. 1661 ; Thomas, 4 Dec. 1667; beside prob. Eliz. nam. in the will of gr.f. He was freem. 1674. Of the mo. of these ch. we kn. nothing; but she may have d. and one Thomas of Ipswich, a widower, m. 1685, wid. Lydia Davis. Still more uncertainty is felt unless we give him ano. w. for the wid. of Thomas M. nam. Abigail, d. at I. 5 May 1727, aged 88 yrs. An earlier Thomas of Ipswich is found by Mr. Felt to be inhab. there 1638. THOMAS, Dedham, s. of the first Thomas, m. 24 Nov. 1696, Sarah, d. of William Avery, the sec of the name, had Sarah, b. 26 Apr. 1698, d. in few wks. ; Samuel, 9 Apr. 1699, d. at 14 yrs. ; Thomas, 30 Dec 1701 ; and Sarah, 1 Dec 1703; and he d. 12 Dec. 1704; and his wid. m. 6 Apr. 1709, Joseph Wight, and d. 1748. Two of this name had, in 1829, been gr. at Harv. and seven at the other N. E. coll. It is oft. in old rec writ as no doubt it was sound. Medcalf.


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Eleazer Metcalf's Timeline

January 2, 1653
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 6, 1653
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 6, 1653
Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 20, 1653
Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
January 25, 1687
Age 34
Wrentham, Norfolk, MA
January 15, 1689
Age 36
Wrentham, Norfolk, MA
January 8, 1691
Age 38
Wrentham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 9, 1693
Age 40
Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
April 21, 1695
Age 42
Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts